The developer of the SoNo Collection stated definitively Thursday evening its intent to open the South Norwalk mall in October, rather than mid-November when a key tenant expects to hold its own grand opening.

In an interview last week, the CEO of the bowling, bocce and bistro chain Pinstripes had expressed an expectation of opening well past the Oct. 26 date that original mall developer GGP had targeted to open the SoNo Collection, prior to GGP’s acquisition last year by Brookfield Properties.

After earlier queries by Hearst Connecticut Media on whether the mall’s opening could be delayed, on Thursday a Brookfield Properties spokeswoman responded to say the company continues to plan for an October opening.

The timing of the opening is critical for mall stores as promotions and sales advance ever earlier on the holiday calendar. And the timing is key as well for retailers throughout the region who could lose foot traffic to the SoNo Collection in the 2019 holiday season, whether from curiosity seekers or those for whom the SoNo Collection will become their destination mall.

On Thursday, the news website Nancy on Norwalk published several previously unreported tenants that have indicated plans to open at the SoNo Collection, including two Asian eateries in Made in China and Yong Kang Street. The report included a handful of new retailer names as well, including Abercrombie & Fitch and Zara USA.

Brookfield Properties spokeswoman Lindsay Kahn gave no immediate indication on Thursday whether all SoNo Collection stores and restaurants will open simultaneously in October, or whether some openings might be staged for later dates after any initial grand opening.

Brookfield Properties executives indicated last week that 75 percent of the SoNo Collection’s space is leased, with the company having posted an animated video in March depicting a “fly-through” of the SoNo Collection, with a large atrium, exterior patios and banks of windows allowing plenty of natural light.

This month, Brookfield Properties calculated its proportionate cost of the SoNo Collection at $233 million to date, against an expected total of $451 million.; 203-842-2545; @casoulman